USC has already had success recruiting in Alabama this year when they received a commitment from Saraland High School wide out Velus Jones.
While Gordo (Ala.) four-star linebacker Ben Davis is considered by most to be an even greater
long shot to leave the state, he says he will depart from SEC football
at least one weekend out of the year to see USC.
“USC puts great linebackers in the league and they have great
tradition,” said Davis. “They’ve produced guys like Clay Matthews, Troy
Polamalu… so I’m interested to see them and learn more about them.
“They also had a great recruiting class last year also. They’ve been
one of the my top schools I’ve wanted to visits, so I’m going to go out
there this fall to see how I like it.”
USC assistant coach Tee Martin is often looked at as the ambassador of
recruiting for the Trojans in the South. However, with USC recruiting
more and more by position, linebacker coach Peter Sirmon is the lead
recruiter for Davis.
“They’re recruiting me at MIKE and outside linebacker,” said Davis. “I
like playing inside better, but for my school, I play outside
linebacker and inside linebacker. Really, it’s wherever I can help the
Davis is all of 6-foot-4, 235-pounds and currently rated the No. 4
outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.
For USC to be a legitimate option for Davis, he has to see them up
“I need to see how the coaches and players interact with each other,”
said Davis. “I want to see the football atmosphere and the educational
parts of the school.”
One surprising not about Davis that many people don’t know is his state
of origin. With his father being an Alabama alum, most assume he was
born and raised in the South.
“Nah, I’m originally from out this way,” said Davis. “I’m from Mesa
(Ariz.) originally, so I have a lot of ties out west. I still have
family in Arizona.”
Still, Gordo is just up the road from Tuscaloosa (Ala.) and his father
Wayne is the all-time leading tackler for the Crimson Tide.
“My dad always tells me it’s got to be about where I fit,” said Davis.
“He doesn’t press me to pick any school specifically.
“My parents tell me they’ll be happy wherever I go.”
Ben Davis back out west?
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